Tuesday, April 11, 2017
A cure for Parkinson's? Replacing damaged brain cells shows promise
This article is about a new technique that has hopes of improving Parkinson's disease. This disease involves a lower number of dopamine being introduced into the system, which causes the physical tremors and decreased sense of balance in the individual. The new technique is to transform non-dopamine producing brain cells into brain cells that can produce the chemical. This is being done by changing the astrocytes cells (the cell in the picture above) to replace the damaged dopamine cells. This process was tested on mice and the results were successful. My opinion on this is that this is a good step in the right direction. In the article it mentions that this technique needs to be developed further if going to be applied to humans. I completely agree with that and am hopeful that this can become available for human patients sooner rather than later.
Medical News Today